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To demonstrate the deity of Christ, the quintessential passage is John 5:19, "For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things."

To demonstrate the deity of Christ, the quintessential passage is John 5:19, “For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things.” The ‘whatever’ has no limit. Saints, if a JW comes to your door, take him to this passage and don’t let him jump to another.

If the JW tries to wiggle out, go a sentence back in the same verse, even in the JW’s own version of the Bible: “Most truly I say to you, the Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative, but only what he sees the Father doing.”

What are the implications of this passage? Jesus CAN ONLY DO what the Father does. The JW will try to argue that Jesus cannot be God because he cannot do a single thing of his own initiative. But that is not the point of this passage; quite the contrary. Jesus is saying he is equal to God because he only does what the Father does since he is of the Father. That is why he says he is unable to do anything on his own; he cannot because he is one with the Father by nature, as he elsewhere testifies (John 10:30,38).

Brian J. Orr
Brian J. Orr

Brian is a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, saved by His grace in 2009, when God reached down into his heart and changed it for His glory, resulting in a desire to proclaim the gospel through street evangelism. This desire to share the gospel grew into a calling into pastoral ministry. In 2010, Brian entered Bible college (Liberty University) and then transferred to Columbia Evangelical Seminary, where he completed a Bachelor of Theology (2011), a Master of Theological Studies (2013), and a Master of Divinity degree (2015).Brian completed his PhD at the London School of Theology, his dissertation titled, “A Reformed Evangelical Critique of Thomas Jay Oord’s Evangelical Process Theology.”

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